Bee

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For the mob in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Bee.
Bee
Bee types.gif
Bee types.gif
Bee types BE.gif
Bee types BE.gif
Health points

10♥♥♥♥♥

Behavior

Neutral
Passive (Peaceful difficulty)

Attack strength

Easy: 2♥
Normal: 2♥
Hard: 3♥♥
Venom:
1♥ per 1.25 sec
Normal: Poison for 10 sec (♥♥♥♥)
Hard: Poison for 18 sec (♥ × 7)

Hitbox size

In Java Edition:
Adult:
Height: 0.6 Blocks
Width: 0.7 Blocks
Baby:
Height: 0.3 Blocks
Width: 0.35 Blocks
In Bedrock Edition:
Adult:
Height: 0.5 Blocks
Width: 0.55 Blocks
Baby:
Height: 0.25 Blocks
Width: 0.275 Blocks

Spawn

Naturally generated Bee Nests

Items usable on

Bees are flying neutral mobs that live in bee nests and beehives. If provoked, bees attack in a swarm to "sting" the player and inflict poison.

Spawning[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Naturally generated bee nests generate with 3 bees in them.

Bee nests generate in the following biomes with different chances:

Biome Chance[note 1]
JE BE
Plains
Sunflower plains
5%
Flower forest 2% 3%
Forest
Wooded hills
Birch forest
Tall birch forest
Birch forest hills
Tall birch hills
0.2% 0.035%
  1. The chance for each naturally-generated oak or birch tree to have a bee nest.

Saplings[edit]

Oak and birch trees grown from saplings that are within 2 blocks of any flower have a 5% chance to grow with a bee nest having 1–3 bees in it.

Drops[edit]

Upon death, adult bees drop 1–3 orbs when killed by a player or tamed wolf.

Upon breeding successfully, 1–7 is dropped.

Like other baby animals, killing a baby bee yields no experience.

Behavior[edit]

Bees do not fly (like ghasts or the ender dragon), but instead hover a few blocks above the ground similar to bats and parrots.

Bees are considered arthropods and take increased damage from the Bane of Arthropods enchantment.[1] They also take damage when touching water.‌[Java Edition only][2]

Bees can be attached to a lead, even when angered. They can still attack while attached.

Bees usually venture up to 22 blocks from their beehive to find something they can pollinate or to attack someone.

A bee can fly horizontally and vertically upward through scaffolding but does not fly downward. A bee does not fly through an open trap door or regular door on its own (a bee can be led through a door with a flower) but babies can fly through the gap above a fence gate in a 1×2 doorway.

Pollinating[edit]

A bee nest must spawn within two blocks horizontally or vertically from any flowers for the bees inside to leave the nest.

Bees leave their nest one by one during the day. They fly around their nests, and are attracted to flower, sweet berry bushes, flowering azalea[upcoming: BE 1.16.230] and flowering azalea leaves.‌[upcoming: BE 1.16.230] Bees completely ignore flowers in flower pots.

After circling a flower or berry bush for about 30 seconds while making happy buzzing sounds, a bee collects pollen. A bee carrying pollen changes its texture to include pollen spots on its back and drops pollen particles similar to water and lava droplets falling.

Bees that have pollen pollinate wheat, potatoes, carrots, beetroots, melon stems, pumpkin stems and berry bushes they fly over. When one of these plants gets pollinated, it advances to another growth stage, similar to using bone meal. To pollinate a plant, the particles that drop must touch it directly. A bee can fertilize plants 10 times each time they have pollen, and there is a short wait time between pollinating each plant.

Afterward, the bee flies back into its hive/nest and makes honey. It takes about 2 minutes for the bee to do this. That increases the amount of honey in a hive/nest by 1. When the amount reaches 5, honey can be seen dripping from the bottom and front of the hive/nest. A hive/nest must have 5 honey inside before a player can collect honeycombs or honey bottles.

Housing[edit]

A bee coming out of a bee nest.

Bees live together in colonies and take any bee nest or beehive that has enough space as its home. One bee nest/beehive can house up to 3 bees. Homeless bees wander around, searching for empty beehives. Bees can enter a beehive from any side, but exit only from the front. One-way bee-gates can be made in this way.

Bees return to their nest when it rains or when it is night. They return even when in biomes that don't rain like desert. They stay in their nest or hive for at least 2400 game ticks (2 minutes) before coming back out. The bees that come out keep their data (health, name, etc.).

Breaking a nest or hive that contains bees releases all the bees. If a bee nest containing bees is harvested using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch, the bees inside are kept, with their corresponding data, in the hive, and they can exit the hive again when it is placed.

When a bee that has pollen enters and then leaves its nest or hive, the honey level of the nest/hive is increased by one. When the honey level of that hive reaches 5, the player can harvest it, which then sets it back to 0.

Attacking[edit]

Main article: Damage
Bee stings.gif

All bees nearby are angered when an individual bee is attacked, honey or honeycombs are collected (unless a campfire is placed under the nest), or a beehive is destroyed. Hitting or walking on a nest does not anger bees; it must be destroyed to anger them. When destroyed, a beehive releases any bees that it contained, and these bees are angry. If the beehive is destroyed with a Silk Touch tool, bees outside the hive become angry ‌[Bedrock Edition only][3], while those kept within it remain neutral even after the hive is placed again.

Bees attack and swarm the player as a group when angered, and the eyes of angered bees turn red. Collecting a honeycomb or a honey bottle from a nest or hive causes the bees that are currently in that nest or hive to leave and swarm the player unless a campfire is placed below the hive. Bees attack only once, similar to llamas, and non-aggressive pandas. Bees do not attack in Peaceful difficulty.

If the player deflects a bee's attack with a shield, the bee continues attacking until it succeeds in hitting the player.

Bee (sting).pngBee (stingless).png

When a bee's attack on a player succeeds, the player is poisoned. A bee loses its stinger after a successful attack, cannot attack further, and dies approximately one minute later. This can be delayed with potions (Regeneration/Resistance/Absorption) that have a 255 potency.

A bee's stinger is visible on the player as a small black dot after the bee successfully attacked.

It is possible to (quickly) breed at least one angered bee with another, even if it or they had stung and lost the stinger. However, they remain angered and still die later due to being stingerless.

Bees also swarm and attack other mobs when damaged, for example, if a skeleton accidentally shoots a bee.

Bees become neutral if they fail to land a hit on their target within a certain time limit.

Honey Blocks[edit]

Main article: Honey Block

Bees attach themselves to honey blocks, as if they are "eating" the block.

Breeding[edit]

Main article: Breeding

Bees follow players holding flowers, flowering azalea‌[upcoming: BE 1.16.230] and flowering azalea leaves.‌[upcoming: BE 1.16.230] If the player is standing still and being followed by bees, the bees go toward the player, face the player, and rest on the ground. They do this until the player moves.

If bees are given a flower, they enter love mode and pair up to create baby bees, granting the player 1-7 experience. The parent bees have a cooldown of about 5 minutes before they can breed again. Babies take 20 minutes (1 in-game day) to grow up. The growth of baby bees can be accelerated using flowers; each use reduces the remaining time by 10%. However, bees' growth timer and breeding cooldowns are frozen while working in a hive; thus, when rapidly growing a population, it may be desirable to temporarily remove the hives.

Any of the 1- or 2-block flowers can be used for breeding, including the wither rose, even though it usually harms bees that touch it. ‌In Bedrock Edition 1.16.230[upcoming], flowering azalea and flowering azalea leaves can also be used to breed bees.

Sounds[edit]

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Bee diesFriendly Creatures?entity.bee.deathsubtitles.entity.bee.death1.01.016
Bee hurtsFriendly Creatures?entity.bee.hurtsubtitles.entity.bee.hurt1.01.0 / 1.216
Bee buzzesFriendly Creatures?entity.bee.loopsubtitles.entity.bee.loop0.6 / 0.65 / 0.7 / 0.751.016
Bee buzzes angrilyFriendly Creatures?entity.bee.loop_aggressivesubtitles.entity.bee.loop_aggressive0.81.016
Bee buzzes happilyFriendly Creatures?entity.bee.pollinatesubtitles.entity.bee.pollinate0.81.016
Bee stingsFriendly Creatures?entity.bee.stingsubtitles.entity.bee.sting1.00.816

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngSticky Situation
Jump into a Honey Block to break your fall AdventureCollide on a vertical side of a honey block when in air.adventure/honey_block_slide
Advancement-plain-raw.pngBee Our Guest
Use a Campfire to collect Honey from a Beehive using a Bottle without aggravating the bees HusbandryUse a bottle on a beehive or bee nest while not angering the bees inside.husbandry/safely_harvest_honey
Advancement-plain-raw.pngThe Parrots and the Bats
Breed two animals together HusbandryBreed a pair of any of these 21 mobs:‌[upcoming: JE 1.17] A trader llama does not count as a llama, and a mule must be the result of breeding a horse and a donkey for this advancement as they are not breed-able together. Other breed-able mobs, if any, can be bred, but are ignored for this advancement.husbandry/breed_an_animal
Advancement-plain-raw.pngTotal Beelocation
Move a Bee Nest, with 3 bees inside, using Silk Touch Husbandryhusbandry/silk_touch_nest
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngTwo by Two
Breed all the animals! The Parrots and the BatsBreed pairs of each of these 21 mobs:‌[upcoming: JE 1.17] A trader llama does not count as a llama, and a mule must be the result of breeding a horse and a donkey for this advancement as they are not breed-able together. Other breed-able mobs, if any, can be bred, but are ignored for this advancement.husbandry/bred_all_animals

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Bee our guest.pngBee our guestUse a Campfire to collect Honey from a Beehive using a Bottle without aggravating the bees.15GBronze
Total Beelocation.pngTotal BeelocationMove and place a Bee Nest, with 3 bees inside, using Silk Touch.30GSilver
Sticky Situation.pngSticky SituationSlide down a honey block to slow your fall.30GSilver

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDEntity tags (JE)Translation key
Beebeebeehive_inhabitorsentity.minecraft.bee

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Beebee122entity.bee.name

Entity data[edit]

See also: Chunk format

Bees have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.

  • Entity data
    • Additional fields for mobs that can become angry
    • Additional fields for mobs that can breed
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all mobs
    •  CannotEnterHiveTicks: Time left in ticks until the bee can enter a beehive. Used when the bee is angered and released from the hive by a player, but the hive is smoked by a campfire.
    •  CropsGrownSincePollination: How many crops the bee has grown since its last pollination. Used to limit number of crops it can grow.
    •  FlowerPos: Coordinates of the flower the bee is circling.
      •  X: X coordinate.
      •  Y: Y coordinate.
      •  Z: Z coordinate.
    •  HasNectar: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the bee is carrying pollen.
    •  HasStung: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the bee has stung a mob or player.
    •  HivePos: Coordinates of the bee's hive.
      •  X: X coordinate.
      •  Y: Y coordinate.
      •  Z: Z coordinate.
    •  TicksSincePollination: Number of ticks passed since the bee's last pollination.


History[edit]

Java Edition
1.1519w34aBee.gif Bee.gif Added bees and baby bees.
Bee (angry).gif Bee (angry).gif Bees and baby bees can become angry and attack the player.
Bee with nectar.gif Bee with nectar.gif Bees and baby bees can pollinate flowers and show the nectar on them after doing so.
Bee with nectar (angry) Revision 1.gif Bee with nectar (angry).gif Bees and baby bees that have pollinated flowers can become angry and attack the player.
19w35aBees now try to avoid water.
Bee nests now spawn less frequently, making bees rarer.
Breeding bees now counts toward the "Two by Two" advancement.
19w36aBees are now affected by the Bane of Arthropods enchantment.
Bees are now able to pollinate on a lilac, rose bush, and peony flowers.
Bee texture change 19w34a to 19w36a.gif The textures of bees have been tweaked. The gradation part for picking up the color has been removed and the translucent pixels are now fully transparent.[4]
"bee_angry_nectar" now has same pollen pattern as "bee_nectar", which has changed the textures from Bee with nectar (angry) Revision 1.gif to Bee with nectar (angry).gif.[5]
Bees no longer stop flying after reaching the player they are following.
19w41aBees now "eat" honey blocks.
19w46aBees now exit beehives only from the front.
1.15.2pre1Bees no longer anger when a nearby nest/hive is destroyed using a Silk Touch tool.
Bees now remember how many crops they have pollinated.
Bees no longer stay in the hive/nest forever after riding a minecart or boat.
1.1620w12aThe maximum distance a bee can wander away from its home hive when randomly wandering has been reduced to around 22 blocks.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1721w13aBees now see Flowering Azalea and Flowering Azalea Leaves as flowers.
Bedrock Edition
1.14.0beta 1.14.0.1Bee BE.gif Bee BE.gif Added bees.
Bee (angry) BE.gif Bee (angry) BE.gif Bees and baby bees can become angry and attack the player.
Bee with nectar BE.gif Bee with nectar BE.gif Bees and baby bees can pollinate flowers and show the nectar on them after doing so.
Bee with nectar (angry) BE.gif Bee with nectar (angry) BE.gif Bees and baby bees that have pollinated flowers can become angry and attack the player.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.63Bees no longer fly faster when swarming a player or mob.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.230beta 1.16.230.50Are now attracted to flowering azalea and flowering azalea leaves.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Bee" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

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In Other Media[edit]

Trivia[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Minecraft 19w36a" – Minecraft.net, July 3, 2019
  2. MCPE-114688
  3. MCPE-83550
  4. MC-159560
  5. MC-159743
  6. "MINECON Live 2019"– Minecraft on YouTube, September 28, 2019